We all know how to see Vegas like a tourist: hit a casino, then a pool, eat a delectable meal, see a show and then hit the clubs after hours – all the while staying at a hotel on the Strip. Sound familiar? While most guests to the area will have vacations that look the same, you don’t have to! In fact, just because you’re in Las Vegas doesn’t mean that your vacation has to look like everyone else’s. So step off the beaten path and use these tips below to do Vegas like a local!
Get in nature: You might be thinking…. nature? Just because Las Vegas is in the middle of the dessert doesn’t mean you can’t experience the natural wonders of this region! There are numerous options for day trips from Sin City, with National Parks like Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon all within driving distance (and available via tours from BestofVegas.com!). There are several places close to Las Vegas where you can hike with the locals, with favorites including Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston. For a day on the water, head over to the Hoover Dam and hop in a kayak for a trek down Lake Mead.
Get off the Strip: Many visitors to Las Vegas will spend their entire vacation on the Strip, and it’s easy to see why! With shopping, dining, hotels and 24-hour entertainment, you could easily spend your whole trip on this 4.2-mile stretch that goes through the heart of Sin City. But a quick jaunt off the strip into downtown Las Vegas is where you will find most locals, with the Fremont East Entertainment District being the most popular. Here, you will find cafes, bars, entertainment and the little-known Las Vegas Arts District, home to galleries, studios and boutiques that are unique to the area.
Off-the-beat attractions: There is no shortage of attractions in Las Vegas. But while you may find the typical tourists at places like the Stratosphere Tower & Rides or the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, there are some other places we think you should check out. Locals love the Neon Museum, where you can tour a boneyard of neon signs. Or, hang out with Las Vegas residents at TopGolf before catching a game at the city’s only professional sports team, the NHL’s Golden Knights.
Las Vegas is home to more than 650,000 residents. The next time you’re in Sin City, whether it be for a work conference or simply pleasure, take these simple nuggets of advice and see the city their way!